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Breaking Stereotypes- the Jad Choueiri Way

This song is the funniest shit ever.

I love the disclaimer in the beginning “Every individual that has participated in the following video is an Arab.” Wow.
Really funny. Wonder if it manages to break stereotypes anywhere.

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  1. Ummmm…. interesting? (and you know what I mean when I say interesting, Roba)

    So in his (sad) attempt to remove labels off Arabs, this dude has actually used every stereotype in the book and applied them to Arabs?!

    So the west will accept us more when they see that we do botox and drugs?

    And if being an Arab is such a big deal, then why isn’t he singing this in Arabic?

    It’s so sad it’s hilarious!

  2. Revelation

    Bloody rocks! love it…. he made a point that dude…. i know quite few who live like that :) …. as the Americans say “Good Job!”… now need to wait for the arab – metallica =)
    Cheers for sharin…

  3. umm, what a disturbing clip. but not surprising from somebody like this Shwairi dude suffering acutely from a racial inferiority complex… and that statement also includes those Arab prototypes in his clip.

  4. this guy needs to be strung up by his…err…
    well, no need to base things on an unjustified hypothesis.
    This is beyond disturbing!

  5. LOOOOOOOOOL @ “this guy needs to be strung up by his…err…
    well, no need to base things on an unjustified hypothesis.”

    Mazz, you nailed it :-D

  6. We GET it, Jad. You’re gay and Lebanese and modern and cool and amazing. WE GET IT.

    Now go jump off Rawsheh Rock, please.

    This video illustrates PERFECTLY the types of Arabs I despise with a burning, undying passion. Ugh.

  7. it’s not going to breal the popular sterotype that whoever is named JAd Shwairi is mentally retarded.
    But the clip is well-made, and will be well-received

  8. historian

    Well.. he surely has a point in his clip.
    I think he chose to sing it in English as its not made for Arabic audience, his target is the world. And no matter how much some will hate it in our society, its good to acknowledge that we have such lifestyles and interests..

    Disturbing clip? Yes.. i agree partially.. but i think the reality is even more disturbing.. sth we should think about..

    in brief… Very good attempt i’d say…

  9. ugh ! gimmi a break people ! its a very cool video !
    and if you’re not into POP music then just dont lsn to it or watch it : ) oh and btw,if you’re not into SUCH people why are they so damn popular !?!?!?! if the majority are against blondies and funky people, WHY THE HELL THEY HAVE THE POP LABEL ?!

  10. retarded? very
    funny? hell ya!

  11. Stephen

    Douche bag

  12. Ne3mat

    Cute! But how come the Iranians do not resort to having TV orgies to prove their worth to the world? This video is another proof of westernized Arabs retardation. Instead of making our point through democracy and science and technology and culture, we show the world we we can get naked on camera. We have a totally screwed up priorities. NO wonder Arab youth seem to look up more and more to Iran. and that scares the shit out of Arab regimes. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against this video, but separate from the other tracks, it proves we are not just a bunch of fanatics, but the rest are simply sleazy when we are not running around yelling Allahu Akbar. I really miss substance and moderation, something we seem to be awfully lacking.

  13. P

    Well, I think we’ll now have a new stereotype to describe us: Our hip-hop music is very clumsy!

  14. Abrar

    sad sad sad
    just for the record guys FUNKY ” nowadays” = BAD SMELL LOL
    shu hal habal ya rabbi howa7na na2seeeeeeen

  15. WTF????
    aja yek7lha 3amaha

  16. DUDE … if anything this video only makes him/us look retarded!!

  17. CW

    Ooooh i expected these kinds of reactions…

    I am not into this kind of life style AT ALL. I don’t want people to propagate drugs as something cool either! so I understand some of the critic. But for me the comments here reflect how conservative and sometimes intolerant we are. This video also shows a part of an existing reality and I think we would all be better off if we allowed different “life styles” to exist. Co-exist.

    Anyways I think the video is tahsheshe!

  18. I watched that and that was perfect. the singer is Lebanese?!

  19. moi

    This is disturbing on so many levels, I don’t even know where to begin.

    If Edward Said weren’t dead, this video would be the end of him.

    This moron just summed up every Orientalist stereotype there ever existed in the West about Arabs. Bedouin orgies galore.

  20. CW

    @ moi, you have a good point there, but two things: E.Said never said these things did not exist, he only criticized them as being the sole way ‘others’ viewed the east. What Said forgot though, is that these clichés are not only being reproduced by the west but they are just as much being reproduced by the east! Once I heard Marcel Khalifeh’ talking about (sehr il shark)…I was quite surprised at the clichés he was creating…anyways I just would not take this video too seriously, it is just as good or just as bad as any hip-hop music video they play on mtv….

  21. Correction:
    None of the individuals that has participated in the following video is an Arab.

    These guys might have Arabic names and Arabic genes in them, but they are not Arabs, there is nothing Arab about them, they are just a bunch of star wannabes that are trying to represents Arabs although they have no respect for Arab cultures and traditions.

    If this hairy guy is trying to prove anything he is just proving how far he and people like him these people are willing to go for attention.

    I sense that this music video is made specifically for the western audience and I highly doubt that he will succeed in making it anywhere near popular among them, its is nothing but hideous.

  22. Revelation

    give the poor Lebanese guy a break dudes, this is how he wants to express himself, big deal, i personally hate that type shite music and videos, but to see that third world Arab countrymen can make such video is a progress mate, and to see local Arab channels broadcasting that shite is an achievement…. this is crap music i agree (be it western, Arab, whatever)… but give him a break for cryin out loud…. think what you personally have achieved to express yourself recently? music, art, poetry, whatever….. this guy did….did you?

  23. Riyash

    Hi there,

    so as per this dude, if i need to break the steretypes then i should look like this so i can be “accepted”? if that is the case then i would love being called a backwarder!

    this dude ideas is retarded and represents him self and couple of retards as well!

    but yeah, its good for a laugh of how shallow a man can be hahahaha

  24. I love it!

    What does it mean to be an Arab?!! There is nothing really that connect us all except our self identification with the term. Even race doesn’t apply to all of us. Isn’t it time to point that out?

  25. Personnaly i see it as disgusting. I mean how far can you be a WANNABE.

    “hey look we can be slutty as you are Hollywood”

  26. Aliya

    As much as I agree with you, Revelation, it’s not only about achievement here. Fantastic, he made yet another shit video like you said. There’s tons out there, all the same. Same style, same theme, same everything. Its so boring. Wether he’s Arab or Chinese it’s still shit. Nothing to be proud of just because he’s an Arab.

    B3deen he evidently doesn’t want to be an arab by the looks of his video.. Where’s the rich culture and tradition? A bit of belly dancing? Morals and ethics? It’s just pathetic, sad and so soul crushing to think of the Arab youth looking up to this despicable display of what is so obviously a kick in the face to any self-respecting arab.

    Yallah y3eenaa 3ala heik ashkaal bas.

  27. K

    hmmm…i like how he pronounces the silent B in bomb!!..hahaha douche

  28. He said “ain’t no bumpers” in the beginning of the video, LOL! Thanks for posting this.

    I’m gonna have so much fun with this today when I see my Lebanese friends today :D

  29. Sara

    Observer, thank you for your DUH! throughout history geography, language, and religion have formed strong bonds. 90% of those who live in Arab world speak Arabic along with other languages, are overwhelmingly Muslim and Christian, and share a contiguous plot of land, with a common history. that’s more than what unites Americans or Europeans.

  30. Sara

    Revelation, there is art and there is the audience. the guy made art and the audience has spoken. i don’t think anyone has been treated unfairly. we don’t say a movie is nice when it sucks.

  31. Meh...

    Umm… how come no one mentioned that he manages to “break”stereotypes by making us all look like pimps/whores/druggies/horny people ruled by our sex drives? I mean, yes, us Arabs, especially the lebanese and us living in the gulf are into designer things, we do like to party and have a good time. However, last time I checked, we do it with style and grace, not this sluttiness that is smeared all over this clip.

    Personally, I praise him for thinking outside the box, but then again, if you want to represent people, do that decently and properly.

    Oh, and yeah, he is a wannabe, but we all new that from the second he started singing, I mean, what moron told him he could sing in the first place? He is the male Nancy Ajram, they exist for the sole purpose of annoying us with their “voices” and blind us with their camera poses.

  32. khalid jarrar

    “Correction:
    None of the individuals that has participated in the following video is an Arab.

    These guys might have Arabic names and Arabic genes in them, but they are not Arabs, there is nothing Arab about them, they are just a bunch of star wannabes that are trying to represents Arabs although they have no respect for Arab cultures and traditions.

    If this hairy guy is trying to prove anything he is just proving how far he and people like him these people are willing to go for attention.

    I sense that this music video is made specifically for the western audience and I highly doubt that he will succeed in making it anywhere near popular among them, its is nothing but hideous.”

    very well said Nizar.

  33. Samar

    The video clip is Neo Orientalist. This is Arabian Nights orgies revisited for the 21st century. Same ol colorful orgies by same ol oversexed arabs organized by the same ol filthy rich corrupt sultans but in a modern setting. I would rather see a video clip about Arab geeks and mountain climbers and poets than THIS.

  34. Khouloud

    “Come see what we’ve got, we’ve got sexy girls”!!!! Seriously!!!! Yes that should do it, that should break every stereotype, I mean Arab women can strip in video clips as well, why would you hate them or assume that they’re terrorists? Come on people of the West, see our “sexy” Arab women, see “sex and sun”, 3al sikkeen ya batteekh. Please like us!

  35. Revelation

    2 Sara:
    I’ll have to say that i don’t really agree :)
    As much as there people, as much as you would have opinions…. for example, there is a famous movie called “Good will Hunting”, i think quite many people love it, and it has good review, but i think it is total shite, real rubbish, and so on, and i know quite few people (more than 2) who agree…. does our opinion make it shite? i dont think so….. he has his audience you are right…. and obviously the people reading this blog are not his type of audience, or maybe his type of audience are a bit ashamed to speak up after hearing all this amazing feedback from all here…. I personally think the clip and music and so on is rubbish, but, give me a break…. if he likes it, let him do it man…. if he wants to pretend to be a guy from the west (and some lebaneese dont consider themseleves arabs at all mates, i new a guy like that) then let it be….. it aint a big deal…. just a bloody song shown on private cable channel…. big deal….. its not like the broadcast it on your national TV or somethin….
    And by the way, i have shown the clip to the local Englishmen living in the SouthWest of England, and they actually think its cool, they were quite impressed that a guy from a country that was recently in war can do that, and they were more impressed coz all the previous arabic music clips they ever saw were total shite! they do agree that he’s a wannabe for sure…. but yet say he made an effort…. think about that…. you are thinking only form your own perspective…. but the world is not only seen through your eyes…..I totally agree with the author, the clip is the funniest shit ever…. but …. looking at the so much feedback this guy got (at least on this blog)…. it seems he made a point after all!!! if we get to speak to him… then it would be real nice to hear his personal opinion… maybe he just did it to make some bucks and actually thinks it shite as well? ;)
    Have a good Monday ya’ll… Respek!

  36. Revelation

    2 Sara:
    I\’ll have to say that i don\’t really agree :)
    As much as there people, as much as you would have opinions…. for example, there is a famous movie called \”Good will Hunting\”, i think quite many people love it, and it has good review, but i think it is total shite, real rubbish, and so on, and i know quite few people (more than 2) who agree…. does our opinion make it shite? i don\’t think so….. he has his audience you are right…. and obviously the people reading this blog are not his type of audience, or maybe his type of audience are a bit ashamed to speak up after hearing all this amazing feedback from all here…. I personally think the clip and music and so on is rubbish, but, give me a break…. if he likes it, let him do it man…. if he wants to pretend to be a guy from the west (and some Lebanese don\’t consider themselves Arabs at all mates, i new a guy like that) then let it be….. it aint a big deal…. just a bloody song shown on private cable channel…. big deal….. its not like the broadcast it on your national TV or somethin….
    And by the way, i have shown the clip to the local Englishmen living in the SouthWest of England, and they actually think its cool, they were quite impressed that a guy from a country that was recently in war can do that, and they were more impressed coz all the previous Arabic music clips they ever saw were total shite! they do agree that he\’s a wannabe for sure…. but yet say he made an effort…. think about that…. you are thinking only form your own perspective…. but the world is not only seen through your eyes…..I totally agree with the author, the clip is the funniest shit ever…. but …. looking at the so much feedback this guy got (at least on this blog)…. it seems he made a point after all!!! if we get to speak to him… then it would be real nice to hear his personal opinion… maybe he just did it to make some bucks and actually thinks it shite as well? ;)
    Have a good Monday ya\’ll… Respek!

  37. Revelation

    weird, reply posted twice, the system was complaining that the anti-spam word was not right, and asked to refresh and re-enter….

  38. Revelation, baseeta :)

  39. talal

    REALLY LOVE IT. HE S REALLY MAKING U THINK THAT DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMART MOVE AND HOT VIDEO AND THE TRACK IS SIMPLY BRILLIANT

  40. mary

    i like that video it really is hot and well done.
    i m frightened by the amount of negativity comin from u guys … i was startin to think u WERE actually cool after watchin that video but i m guessin these funky arabs i ve seen are a minority… too bad

  41. Mary, sorry you’re disappointed hun. Yeah, those funky Arabs almost only exist in that clip, whereas the rest ummm…go figure!

  42. pam

    this song is super!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the video even hotter…. just love it!!! nothin more to say… jad go!!!

  43. polka

    simply hot!!! it is true this is how some arabs do live specially lebanese!!!!!! don t fool yourself thinkin the opposite!! the song is really good didn t expect that. i already downloaded it and for once i m proud to play a song that shows another side of us instead of the usual “oumat el 3arab” songs.

  44. metz

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. aya

    hi to all..
    i am so surprised that there is one person who is arab liked this video…..
    this video is not breaking the stereo types it makes them spread even more…
    arabs are not like that, most of us are decent and respectable i won’t say all of us because there is people(minority anyway) like this video all they aim to in their life is to imitate what ever they see in hollywood movies without even trying to distinguish between the bad and the good, actualy they take the bad habits leaving all the technology and the science that we need.
    and if this is cool, personaly i don’t want to be cool in your eyes…
    because of that we are not developing any more, because of these guys who are distorting our culture and our history.
    i hated the video, and i hated jad choueiri even more….

  46. hi to all..
    i am so surprised that there is one person who is arab liked this video…..
    this video is not breaking the stereo types it makes them spread even more…
    arabs are not like that, most of us are decent and respectable i won\’t say all of us because there is people(minority anyway) like this video all they aim to in their life is to imitate what ever they see in hollywood movies without even trying to distinguish between the bad and the good, actualy they take the bad habits leaving all the technology and the science that we need.
    and if this is cool, personaly i don\’t want to be cool in your eyes…
    because of that we are not developing any more, because of these guys who are distorting our culture and our history.
    i hated the video, and i hated jad choueiri even more….
    he didn\’t do anything but making the worst video clip i have ever seen..
    ofcourse people from outside will love it , that\’s exactly what they want, they want us to be stupid,sexual,indecent,have no values.
    please arab wake up…..

  47. and if we want to make people see that we are not terrorists we let them see that we are sexy and we have drugs,….etc.
    a very disgusting vedio….

  48. Mike "MC Micro"

    Hiyaz….
    I just found this great blog and Roba bs 7beyt a2olik it ROCKS!!! hehe

    As for the video, Jad is a disgrace to all arabs and even more to all those like myself who write and sing Underground Hip-Hop & Rap.

    You can tell by the clip that his cause was to try to get attention (which he did), and its totally commercial with all the girls and bling in the video. The sad part is some people actually listen to it and give it too much attention and like it.

    My advice for those who like Hip-Hop Rap & all of that type of music,
    Listen to underground music you’ll actually enjoy it and you might understand the message that the artist or MC is sending and it’ll make a difference in your life or affect you to make a difference.

    Sorry if i was a bit harsh but literaly “HE SUCKS!”
    Mike

  49. Yes, guys he is really trivial that guy and silly.
    What is he doing?

    Showing to the whole world that arabs in the world are like this way

    This video is every day presented on MTV
    and when i saw it for the first time i was surprised
    how lebanese man who has a mind and can think can do like video clip
    sex and sun and bira and wiski….
    what a fuck people

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  50. Ed Najjarine

    This guy sucks at singing and the song he lately made sucks balls. Go find a real job Jad!! There are good arabs and bad arabs in life.

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